Every May, Startup Grind gives some extra love to the incredible women building great companies around the world.
Startup Grind Yerevan joins the global initiative with a very special event!
Join us on May 28 holiday, for a lovely evening out of the city, to listen to our incredible guest, Victoria Aslanian, taste delicious ArmAs wines and meet new people.
Victoria Armen Aslanian, CEO of Golden Grape ArmAs, is a highly awarded women entrepreneur and innovative leader, with about 10 years of experience in developing the wine, brandy and tourism sectors of Armenia and creating a platform to promote the Renaissance of Armenian Wine in to the world.
Victoria was born in Yerevan in 1982, immigrating to the U.S. in 1990. While in school, she received the most consecutive Gold Medals in US Science Fair history, in Applied Engineering and Physics. She later studied Art History in Florence, Italy, and continued her education at UC Berkeley where she received her BA degree.
In 2009, she repatriated to Armenia with her two sons to partake in her father's vision and venture which involved developments in the agricultural, wine & brandy, and tourism sectors.
Victoria received the Best Brand by a Woman Entrepreneur award from the prime minister of Armenia in 2014, and has parlayed the international success of their brand as a platform to promote The Renaissance of Armenian Wine, presenting Armenia's revived wine legacy at The Council of Europe in Strasbourg; at The Davos du'Vin, Italy; at AGBU's 88th General Assembly; as a guest lecturer at AUA, at The Asian Wine and Spirits Conference in Beijing; at Mundus Vini in Germany; as well as at wine and tourism promotional events in Los Angeles, Berlin, Brussels, Montreal and Friuli.
She is supporting many social and educational initiatives and programs, including EVN Wine academy and Dasaran.am, was among the spokesmen for Teach for Armenia, and an ambassador for AYWA (Armenian Young Women's Association). She was among the first Female Armenian Role Models named by The Embassy of Sweden, and in 2016 began to participate in the U.S. Embassy's Women's Mentoring Program.
In 2017, Victoria was awarded “Agrofoods female hero” for the contributions ArmAs has helped foster in agricultural development and production. Victoria will complete her Executive MBA at Skolkovo, Russia in April 2018.